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Finalist, 2011 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award
A hero who faced down Pancho Villa with only a pistol and turned the tide of battle during the Salerno Operation in late 1943, John Lucas discovered at Anzio that his comrades were more dangerous than his enemies.
Brevet Colonel, Commander of the 30th Indiana Volunteers, and recipient of the Medal of Honor - all by the age of 23 - Henry Lawton's career spanned four decades until he fell in battle "bringing democracy to a distant land." Featured on the Center of Military History Civil War Website
When Joseph K.F. Mansfield fell at the Battle of Antietam, he was the ranking casualty on either side, the oldest general and West Point graduate to die in battle.
William and James Terrill of Virginia chose opposing sides in the Civil War, each rose to general and fell in battle. Theirs is a unique story of "brother against brother".
The only American armored division commander to die in battle, Maurice Rose was the son and grandson of rabbis who rose from private to general to lead the premier American armored force to victory over the Nazi empire.
Winner, 2003 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award
Thomas Macdonough faced Arab terrorists with steel and musket - in 1804
Russia's Rommel, General Ivan Chernyakhovsky survived brutal Anti-Semitisim, Stalin's madness, and German tanks to achieve a stunning combat record only to fall with final victory in sight.
Daniel Judson Callaghan's heroic sacrifice off Guadalcanal saved the embattled defenders of Henderson Field at the cost of his life and the destruction of his fleet.
Brigadier General Frederick W. Castle's leadership in and out of the cockpit made him one of the most admired men in the Eighth Air Force and one of the architects of daylight precision bombing.
The only physician ever to rise to Army Chief of Staff, Leonard Wood's path to success produced as many enemies as admirers.
Creator of the modern American Rangers, Darby led his men to great victories and a catastrophic defeat, but was always in the thick of the action.
Martin Blumenson spent his life writing the history of an institution he respected greatly and knew intimately, the United States Army. He inspired generations of his students and successors to the highest standard of excellence.
Described by some pretty eminent art historians as perhaps his greatest work, Leonardo Da Vinci's "Battle of Anghiari" defined for centuries the way artists portray the fury of battle and the anatomy and motion of warriors and horses in combat. The lost work sparked intense and on-going debate, and inspired many other great masters working in a variety of media. But, the battle has disappeared from history. Why?
Historian, biographer, memoirist, "novelist", and companion of Socrates, at the end of his life Xenophon wrote a small book of advice about reforming the Athenian cavalry. A discussion of specific suggestions, Xenophon's Hipparchicus
reflects decades of the author's experience as an army commander. The wily survivor offers subtle insights on leadership as well as observations valuable to modern theorists and practioners of the "mounted service" that will always resonate.
The Battle of Kadesh, the greatest chariot clash in all recorded history, pitted the war-hardened Hittites against an untested Pharaoh in a struggle that shaped the destinies of the two dominant empires of the early Iron Age. Recorded as a great Egyptian victory, it is a case study of how a brilliant and well-executed public relations campaign can trump performance - and reality.
Born to greatness, Peirce ended his life in poverty, obscurity, and disappointment. Afflicted by illness, pain, drug-addiction and the suffocating moral intolerance of 19th Century America, the time to tell his story to a broad audience has finally arrived.
More than 3,500 years ago, Abraham, the leader of the Hebrews, led his men on a daring, long-distance, commando raid to rescue hostages. Hidden in a very brief passage of Genesis is the story of the first organized military action and victory of the Jewish people, a tale of courage and inspired leadership, and battle far from their borders. One cannot help but think of Operation THUNDERBALL, the Israel Defense Forces dramatic rescue of Jewish hostages at Entebbe, Uganda on July 4, 1976.
Does it make any sense to talk about a "philosophy of war?" What kinds of things would be discussed in such an academic sub-category? Whose works would make up the canon of study? On that point, why is it that Carl von Clausevitz's early 19th century book "On War" is virtually the only work generally accepted as a work of philosophy? In a world where war is so common, why is there so little systematic examination of its "first principles?" These are only a few of the questions that spark this general inquiry.
A stamp "album" that illustrates the military history of the United States as depicted in postage stamps. From the US first official postage stamp showing George Washington in uniform (1857) to the present day, the nation has remembered its wars and battlefields - both famous and forgotten - and honored its heroes, its weapons, and its victories.
Utilizing an experiential-learning approach and the setting of an actual battlefield, the Applied Battlefield Concepts™ Corporate Staff Ride is a short duration, top-level management development and leadership training tool that delivers a uniquely powerful and rewarding team-building experience. It is a proven, cost-effective, adaptable, repeatable and flexible solution for meeting internal training metrics and broader goals for improvements in decision making across the entire enterprise.• Professional Analysis of Organization-Specific Senior Management Development Issues
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In July 1906, Major Eben Swift (1854-1938), the assistant commandant of the General Service School (forerunner of today's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas) took twelve student officers on a two-week tour over the ground of Sherman's Atlanta Campaign, including Chickamaugua and other Civil War National Parks. For the next three decades, the staff ride played an important role in the Leavenworth curriculum and gradually widened its influence at other Army educational institutions, like the War College and West Point.
During World War II and afterwards, the staff ride gradually lost sponsorship and virtually disappeared from the military curriculum. In the late sixties and early seventies, as the Vietnam War began to wind down, the Army began to rexamine the battlefield staff ride as an advanced leadership training tool. It underwent a renaissance under Jay Luvaas and Hal Nelson, instructors at the Army War College during the 1980's, and then became part of the curriculum at the Command and General Staff College and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Those institutions and the Center of Military History have all contributed to the creative utilization of this training technique at every level of command, from ROTC cadets to the top ranks of the Defense Department.
The impact of the battlefield staff ride on its participants, and its inherent flexibility, have led to significant acceptance among the officer corps. Today wherever American soldiers are stationed, on any given day they walk and ride the battlefields of the past, learning lessons of leadership.
Updated Feebruary 28, 2013
By analyzing past examples of decision-making under crisis, concrete lessons emerge applicable to other spheres - including business and other enterprise-related activity - where such lessons can be applied for success. One result of the staff ride is the realization that the continuing study of military history - especially through the Corporate Staff Ride experience - is not merely intellectually engaging, or the pleasant pursuit of “history buffs”, but can be an on-going, professionally rewarding, career-development tool.
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"McClellan at Antietam: A Great Negative Example," Arizona Daily Star, July 2005
New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, September 2005
"Leadership Learning Forum," Society for Information Management, Computerworld, March 2004
Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program, February 2003
National Security Seminar Gettysburg Staff Ride, June 2003
Hillenbrand Industries Corporate Staff Ride, May 2003
"Learning From the Heat of Battle," Journal of Management Education, October, 2001